RTCG and ID Vijesti with FAST FORWARD 2017

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) organizes eighth edition of FAST FORWARD Human Rights Film Festival 2017 that will be held from 10 to 16 December 2017 in Podgorica, Kotor and Berane, with a series of now already traditional and new partners as well.

Central programme will be in PI Cultural-Informative Centre ’Budo Tomovic’ in Podgorica from 10 to 14 December 2017, with accompanying editions in Berane, in Cultural Centre, from 11 to 12 December 2017, and in Kotor from 15 to 16 December in Cinema «Boka».

Recognizing the importance of this Festival, ID Vijesti and portal Vijesti as well as public service Radio and Television of Montenegro (RTCG) will provide support to its realization also this year.

In accordance with signed contracts Vijesti and RTCG will dedicate full media attention via provision of representation of Festival in regular news and other programmes, as well as via promotion of Festival through regular announcements. CCE will present Vijesti and RTCG in promotional material of Festival as media sponsors, give priority for interviews with Festival guests etc. In this manner a perennial cooperation of CCE and public service RTCG and independent daily Vijesti continues in realization of FAST FORWARD Human Rights Film Festival, the first and still the only of its kind in Montenegro, which in addition to Podgorica, inscribes also Kotor and Berane in the cultural map of those cities in the region that cherish this sort of festival events. »

Joint work for fulfilment of commitments and better life of citizens

Prof. PhD Srdjan Darmanovic, Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Government of Montenegro, was tonight a guest of the last European Café for 2017, that was organized by Centre for Civic Education (CCE) in cooperation with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. Minister Darmanovic has, together with representatives of civil sector, during twelfth in a series of European Café’s, discussed on topic Foreign policy priorities of Montenegro, achievements and challenges.

Daliborka Uljarevic, CCE Executive Director, at the opening of the European Café pointed out that Montenegrin citizens are dominantly committed to foreign policy priorities of Montenegro to which indicates also the recent data from CCE’s research on what are the most preferable countries to live in, if they had not been living in Montenegro. Uljarevic stated that ‘such defined postulates of Montenegro’s foreign policy – commitment to Euro-Atlantic integrations, development of regional and bilateral cooperation – represent a rare example of ruminated and in the public interest directed policy of the Government of Montenegro. However, as in many other areas, we face difficulties in their application, therefore, it is necessary to invest additional effort in the coming period in achieving measurable results  in the area of European Integration.

Prof. PhD Srdjan Darmanovic, Minister of Foreign Affairs in Government of Montenegro, during conversation with participants of the European Café clarified that ‘Montenegro has even by Declaration of Independence from 2006 clearly outlined membership in North-Atlantic Alliance and the EU as its two most important foreign policy priorities.’

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Foreign-policy priorities of Montenegro affirmed among citizens

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) assesses that large majority of Montenegrin citizens remains comitted to key foreign policy priorities of Montenegro, which can also be read from the most preferred countries for living which is a solid basis for further work on their intensification.

CCE has, in cooperation with IPSOS agency, asked citizens: ‘If you didn’t live in Montenegro, which other country would you like to live in’, and findings on entire adult population indicate that a little more than third (32%) see Montenegro as only country in which they want to live, while 11% does not have attitude or doesn’t want to respond. Those who would rather see their future in some other country, state America as the most preferable one, followed by neighbouring Serbia, EU and Nordic countries, while the lesser percent of them see Russia as such, and other countries.

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Local self-governments to recognize corruption acts and react within their jurisdiction

Local self-governments should recognize corruption acts and, in the part of their jurisdiction, take disciplinary measures against officials who perform them, assessed Vice-President of Berane Municipality, Rade Kljajić.

Today, in the second part of the national conference ‘Think Locally – Act Locally! – Fight against Corruption at the Local Level!’, organized by Centre for Civic Education (CCE) within the same-name project, financed by the European Union, he said that problem of corruption in the previous period was present in that municipality, “but there were no feedback reactions from the competent institutions”.

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Strengthen capacities of local self-governments in fight against corruption

System for fight against corruption at the local level, as its key supporting level must have Government that is accountable to citizens with equal relation toward all municipalities, credible Agency for Prevention of Corruption and strong Prosecution, as it was stated at national conference of the Centre for Civic Education (CCE).

Conference ‘Think Locally – Act Locally! – Fight against Corruption at the Local Level!’ was organized within the same-name project in cooperation with NGO Bonum from Peljvlja, Incubator from Kotor and Centre for Investigative Journalism from Podgorica, with financial support of the European Union and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kingdom of Netherlands.

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